Wednesday, June 26, 2013

With Snowden Affair Obama's Foreign Policy Humiliations Continue

If only Obama was as tough with America's real foes as he is with the Tea Party!

Russian leader Putin knows a weak American President when he sees one!
Whatever you think of the Snowden leak about National Security Agency spying on Americans the affair did have the benefit of highlighting once again how weak and feckless Obama's foreign policy has become. Both China and Russia refused to turn over Snowden and Secretary of State John Kerry was put in the hapless position of basically begging pretty please for the Russians to return Snowden.

Sec. State Kerry admits that the whole episode is "deeply troubling" and warns that there would be " some effect, an impact on the relationship, and consequences” for Russia if they continue to refuse to turn over Snowden. Clearly Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't worried. He's said "NYET" to extraditing Snowden. Obviously he's milking this for all it's worth.

Russia, like China, Iran, Syria, North Korea and so many other American foes around the world have observed there is no down side to humiliating Obama who is seen as a paper tiger when he's not an outright laughingstock. If you're still not convinced, ask yourself what message was sent when the Benghazi terrorists who killed our Ambassdor in Libya last year have been free of any negative consequences for that attack?
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Obama's threats to Russia are as empty as his vapid rhetoric and everyone around the world, friends and foes know it.

It wasn't supposed to be this way was it? In 2008 Obama campaigned on the promise to make the U.S. respected in the world again. Throughout the campaign of 2012 he said "The United States is stronger, safer and more respected in the world"(1,2, 3). He repeated the phrase again when he nominated John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. What a shame it's just words, just speeches!

Around the Muslim world our embassies are attacked and our flag ripped down. Our foes thumb their nose at us and respect, as measured in the Pew Global Surveys has plummeted.

Victor Davis Hanson: If Only Obama Treated Foes Like Republicans

a great column:
I cannot recall, in the last five years, Barack Obama ever identifying the Iranians, Hezbollah, or the late Hugo Chavez as among our “enemies,” in the fashion that he once urged Latino leaders to punish conservatives at the polls: “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.” If only the president would treat those who don’t like the United States in the same manner that he does those who do, he might bring great clarity to his now listless foreign policy. Indeed, why waste his rich vocabulary of teleprompted invective on fellow Americans, when there is an entire world out there that wishes the United States ill?
Read the entire piece filled with examples.

In one area after another Obama's weak, feckless foreign policy has emboldened our enemies thus making the world a place that is less safe and more inclined towards war and violence. I wonder if the Nobel Prize committee would like their Peace Prize returned!

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